Hezbollah fighters have recently increased in numbers on the front lines in northern Syria, aiding the military of President Bashar al-Assad against rebel forces and Islamic State militants, analysts tell VOA.
The presence of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah has grown noticeably in Syria since Russia began its air campaign in late September in support of the Assad government. Hezbollah casualty figures in October show a steady increase in battle deaths.
“The national, ethical and humanitarian duty requires us to fight Daesh [IS] outside [Lebanon] borders, not inside them,” Nabil Qaouk, deputy head of Hezbollah’s executive council, told the official Lebanese National News Agency on Monday.
In the ongoing battle for Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, Tehran-backed Hezbollah fighters have reportedly taken a key role alongside Iranian forces in support of the Syrian regime. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBSITE